-online journal where an individual, group,
or corporation presents a record of
activities, thoughts, or beliefs
-“To blog” is the act of composing material
for a blog.
-The “blogosphere” is the online universe
-Easy to create and update
-Blogger – Google platform: 3 easy steps!!!
* USAToday :160 million blogs in the world,
* a new blog created every second,
1.98 million adults say they have created
2.65% of internet users read blogs
3. 102 million adults who read blogs
4.3 million new weblogs are created every
Types of blogs
*Teachers use blogs:
- as self-reflection journals, reflecting
their teaching experience and
recording personal experiments and
- for recording Web sites links and
information they would further use in
- as a professional development tool
*requires more time and effort from the teacher
to both set up and moderate,
*the most rewarding
*each student creates an individual blog
*the student's own personal online space.
*Students write about what interests them,
* and post comments on other students' blogs
*Great tool to develop reading an writing skills
*A shared space, with teacher and students
being able to write to the main area.
*a collaborative discussion space
* an extra-curricular extension of the classroom
for a deeper reflection on themes touched upon
*Students are given a greater sense of freedom
and involvement than with the teacher blog.
*A very good example is Barbara Dieu's 'Bee
ESL Class Blogs -well structured guides to
authentic online resources:
*a positive effect on learner motivation.
*provide authentic cultural information.
*provide exposure to real language.
*relate more closely to learners ' needs.
*support a more creative approach to
-Life long knowledge is created
by each learner individually
- through processes of
construct new knowledge from
-Derry (2000) - mental devices that support, guide, and
extend the thinking processes of their users.
-Learning with technology (as opposed to learning
-Computer-based tools that are intended to engage and
facilitate cognitive processing
-function as intellectual partners with the learner in
order to engage and facilitate critical thinking and
- empower the learners to think more
meaningfully and to assume ownership
of their knowledge, rather than
reproducing the teacher's.
- are learner controlled in the sense that
they construct their knowledge themselves
using the tools rather than memorizing
Classes of "mindtools“ or cognitive tools:
* semantic organization tools (databases and
concept mapping tools),
* dynamic modeling tools (spreadsheets and microworlds),
* visualization tools (MathLab and Geometry Tutor),
* knowledge construction tools ( wikis and blogs),
* socially shared cognitive tools (computer conferencing (
forums) and computer-supported collaborative projects,
How can ESL/EFT
Cognitive Tools to teach
*an effective learning tool for
*develop learner’s autonomy
*display links to valuable
cognitive tools available
4. Puzzlemaker, http://www.puzzlemaker.com (a
Web-based service, with a variety of puzzles to
choose from (Letter Tiles, Crosswords, Fallen
Kelly's Multiple Choice HTML Quiz
mc.html (which may be used to generate
interactive self-study quizzes, where the sample
questions are replaced with one's own.).
5. Slideshare - the world's largest
community for sharing power point
presentations on the web
TeacherTube – an online community
for sharing instructional videos
*Jeopardy Game Templates :
*ESL Web Quests:
*- be designed as a working space for students
*- provide links to all the cognitive tools you want
them to use
*- display students’ work
*- encourage collaboration and feedback exchange
*- integrate authentic resources
*- encourage students to participate as co-authors